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CGF Announces New Members for July 2021

The Consumer Goods Forum

PARIS, August 2, 2021 /3BL Media/ -  The Consumer Goods Forum is delighted to announce the following new companies have joined our global membership community and, in doing so, have confirmed their commitment to our vision of better lives through better business. ENGIE Impact accelerates sustainability transformation for corporations, cities and governments. We help organisations embed sustainability into their operational strategies, allowing them to bridge the gap between sustainability commitments and realise results that capture economic value and make organisations more competitive over the long term. “Companies across sectors are taking increasingly bold commitments to mitigate climate change: They are setting targets that come sooner, are more ambitious, and cover a broader scope than ever before. Yet the hard reality is that few are on track. The magnitude of change required implies mobilising capabilities and capital on an unprecedented scale, which few companies can address alone. The CGF is a great opportunity to connect, build alliances, and share experience to help the industry meet these challenges.”  – Nicolas Lefevre-Marton, Managing Director, ENGIE Impact Innosight is the growth and innovation practice of Huron Consulting Group. As the leading authority on disruptive innovation and strategic transformation, we bring a cross-industry perspective to our work with consumer clients to identify transformative growth opportunities, build new businesses, strengthen innovation capabilities, and  accelerate organisational change. “Innosight’s purpose is to empower forward-thinking organisations to navigate disruptive change and own the future. In our work with leading consumer companies, we help leadership teams create a vision for the future and develop the business models, strategies, and capabilities to achieve their growth and sustainability ambitions. Innosight is excited to partner with The Consumer Goods Forum and to participate in the many critical initiatives aimed at shaping the future of the industry and creating meaningful and positive impact in the world.” – Brian Hindo and Kristen Colella, Consumer Practice Leads, Innosight Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages for retailers and A-brands, with production in Europe and North America. The company has full year volumes and revenue of circa 12 billion liters and circa €4 billion, respectively. Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices to carbonated soft drinks and mineral waters in carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans and glass. Focused on innovation, Refresco continuously searches for new and alternative ways to improve the quality of its products and packaging combinations in line with consumer and customer demand, environmental responsibilities and market demand. Refresco is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and has more than 10,000 employees. “As the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages, Refresco produces many of the world’s favorite drinks every day and we continue to grow. It is our ambition to become the leading provider of beverage solutions for retailers and branded beverage companies, and we will use our growing scale to make those solutions matter. We aim to accelerate action by working together with our customers, suppliers and industry associations to drive positive change. By becoming a member of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), we will be able to advance the Refresco sustainability agenda on sustainable sourcing and producing responsibly. It is a logical next step for us, because the CGF drives the adoption of industry-wide commitments and its members focus on making changes that have a real impact. We look forward to contributing to CGF’s mission as we pursue our ambitious targets.”  – Hans Roelofs, CEO, Refresco As the only association in the consumer goods industry that is truly global, while embracing both retailers and manufacturers, and service providers, our members understand the value of our uniqueness. Many of the opportunities and issues that we face as an industry can’t be addressed by individual companies alone, or just by collaborating regionally. The CGF offers you a seat at the table, and our members know that our global, cross-value chain perspective is critical to helping drive positive change globally and in securing long-term, sustainable business growth. — Ends — About The Consumer Goods Forum The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 57 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit:   For further information, please contact:   Lee Green, Director, Communications, The Consumer Goods Forum View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Consumer Goods Forum on

August 02, 2021 05:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Qualcomm Announces Finalists of the 6th Edition of “Qualcomm Design in India Challenge”


BENGALURU, India, August 2, 2021 /3BL Media/– Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) has announced the twelve finalists of the Qualcomm® Design in India Challenge 2021. Each finalist will receive an amount of INR 3.2 lakh along with mentorship and access to Qualcomm Innovation Labs, incentives for patent-filing, and business development opportunities with the help of Qualcomm Technologies’ global sales and business teams. Currently in its sixth edition, the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge was organized in collaboration with NASSCOM, Startup India and AGNIi and received close to 160 applications across industries. The finalists were selected through a virtual, rigorous selection process in June by a jury comprising of senior executives from NASSCOM, STPI, C-CAMP, NLU and various business units within Qualcomm.  India is at the cusp of becoming the world’s largest startup ecosystem. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge was conceptualised in 2016 with the objective of empowering this growing network with the latest technologies. Since then, it has become one of India’s longest-running wireless hardware startup incubation programs.  Attuned to the ‘Digital India’ mission it focuses strongly on encouraging local innovation and protection of intellectual property (IP) by these startups. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge is equity free and offers the following benefits to its finalists:  Patent-filing incentives:  Each startup will receive reimbursement for an amount of INR 1.6 lakh for a full utility patent application filed with either the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), after filing the same with the India Patent Office or the Indian Patent Office in respect of the proposal for Qualcomm Design in India Challenge and during the incubation phase of the program. This incentive by is limited to two patent applications per startup.  Prize money:  The twelve shortlisted startups will get an initial grant of INR 1.6 lakhs at the start of the incubation period. After a mid-cycle review, about five months into the incubation, the startups that meet the review requirements will be eligible for an additional grant of INR 1.6 lakh. In March 2022, a jury pitching session will be held, after which one winner and first and second runners-up will receive INR 65 lakh, INR 50 lakh and INR 35 lakh, respectively. Opportunity to be incubated at NASSCOM CoE for IoT:  At its discretion, the program can recommend up to three startups to NASSCOM, where if selected, they will be given a combined total of 30 seat-months at a NASSCOM Center of Excellence – IoT & AI at no cost to them and without needing them to go through the usual application process. Accelerator services:  Accelerator services will be available to all startups, at no additional cost, through a third-party vendor. These services will include diagnostic assessments; and mentorship workshops on business-related aspects such as operations, customers, competition, products, financials, organization-building, and investments.  Participation at industry events/ forums and Govt engagement opportunities:  The program offers opportunities for the finalists to engage with senior members of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)/ Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), showcase their products at industry events that are either hosted by Qualcomm India or have Qualcomm India as a participant and through stories and videos on various digital and social platforms. Access to Innovation Commercialization Fund:  Starting 2020, the program instituted an Innovation Commercialization Fund (ICF) with an initial amount of INR 60 lakh. The fund size for 2021 will continue to be at INR 60 lakh. The ICF is available for application by all Qualcomm Design in India Challenge alumni startups subject to applicable terms and will be used for reimbursement of expenses incurred in taking the product commercial. This includes certification costs; costs incurred towards industrial design; and manufacturing costs.  Sudeepto Roy, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Incorporated, said,  “Qualcomm believes in connecting the world through innovation and collaboration, which is the key to not just building a prosperous future but also sustaining it. Propelled by advanced technologies such as 4G, 5G, AI/ML, and IoT, Indian startups can take the lead in this space and contribute significantly to the vision of building a truly digital India. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge is aimed at encouraging startups to come forward with ideas that can put India on the global innovation map, and in the process, also learn to protect their own innovations through patenting.” Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India & SAARC, said,  “The startup ecosystem in the country has grown manifold over the years and is geared to help India achieve its vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Digital India. Indian startups have the capacity to come up with innovations that can provide solutions not only for India but also the world. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge is one of the efforts underway aimed at encouraging startups in important socioeconomic spheres such as Smart Infrastructure, Agriculture Technology, Robotics & Drones, Mobile Edge Compute, Industrial Automation, and Medical Technology. We see great promise in India’s startup ecosystem and will continue to nurture it through our programs.” The finalists of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2021 come from diverse areas such as smart robotics, smart infrastructure, manufacturing, agritech, space tech, and medical technology. The list of these 12 startups and their respective solutions is as follows:  Briota Technologies Private Limited:  Point of care IOS (Impulse Oscillometer Spirometer) for real-time analysis Combat Robotics India Private Limited: “Tota” – a small, spherical robot to monitor the enemy in unknown territory while enabling seamless autonomous surveillance for the end-user Dhruva Space Private Limited:  Enabling next-generation small satellite networks Emote Electric Private Limited:  A “connected bike” platform that makes conventional two-wheelers smarter by providing towing/security alerts, engine/battery health, diagnostics, and performance insights on the mobile phone Enlite Research Private Limited:  BIOS (Building Intelligence Operating System) – the world’s first contactless and wireless building management system (Note: Enlite has also recently received mentorship under the Qualcomm Women Entrepreneurs India Network initiative). M3 Toilet Resources India Private Limited:  100% contactless IoT-enabled smart bio-toilets with unique and interactive automation features Myelin Foundry Private Limited:  “Fovea Stream” for efficient streaming of Ultra High-Definition content over 5G networks Neona Embedded Labz Private Limited:  A high-performance AI-based smart gateway solution (NEL600 DCU) to meet the big opportunity in smart metering for energy, water, and gas Nimble Vision Private Limited: “Ni-The Smart Manhole Monitor” – a smart IoT solution for mobile and web that makes cities manholes “smart” by providing analytics on possible overflow, sewage quality, and harmful gases  Ossus Biorenewables Private Limited:  Smart IoT-enabled microbial device for on-demand hydrogen gas production using industrial effluents Probus Smart Things Private Limited:  Smart-meters communicating over RF Mesh technology to remotely read, bill, and manage last-mile power distribution grids Xyma Analytics Private Limited:  Continuous remote monitoring of non-invasive smart sensors for industrial applications Click  here  for more information on the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge About Qualcomm  Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G.  When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born.  Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research, and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Qualcomm on

August 02, 2021 03:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Going on Vacation? Have Your Home Pay for It


Your weekend outdoors, last minute getaway, or long-awaited reunion with family or friends can be made possible by sharing your space. Recently, Communications Leads for North America at Airbnb, Liz DeBold Fusco, teamed with YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to share tips on how to become a host. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Yes, you don’t have to decide between being a Host or a guest, because you can be both at the same time. Inspired by this major travel shift, Airbnb upgraded their service to make it easier for people to integrate travel into their lives, and for more people to become Hosts. This is something that Airbnb Hosts are already doing. More than 13 percent of them said they shared their space with visitors while traveling for vacation or work. Also, according to a recent Airbnb report, half of the new listings that were both activated and booked in early 2021 got a reservation request within four days, and as of April 30, 2021, the average annual earnings per Host who had welcomed at least one guest during the preceding year was $9,600. Now, Airbnb made it even easier for anyone who wants to take advantage of the coming travel surge by hosting, with a brand new onboarding process that has been simplified from dozens of steps to just 10. Prospective Hosts can also use the What’s My Place Worth tool to estimate how much they’ll earn by sharing their home. The interactive tool computes the estimated income through inputs for geography, type of listing and space and factors in prior Airbnb booking data in the area. And for travelers, Airbnb launched a new tool called Flexible Destinations, to make it easier than ever to discover these special stays. Clicking on the ‘I’m Flexible’ button will reveal unique listing categories with those nearest to your location right at the top of the list. If you are looking to share your space this summer to pay for your vacation, you can get started as a host by going to About Liz DeBold Fusco: Liz DeBold Fusco is a Communications Leads for North America for Airbnb. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, a national public affairs firm, where she provided strategic communications guidance to organizations ranging from the NAACP and Demos to The Rockefeller Foundation and AT&T. Liz has also worked for Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray as well as the New York State Attorney General. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

August 02, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Future of Forests

International Paper Company

Forests represent the largest store of terrestrial carbon in the world. Check out the future of forests here: Learn more about our commitment to healthy and abundant forests in our  most recent  Global Citizenship Report. About International Paper International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ approximately 48,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International Paper Company on

August 02, 2021 02:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Duke Energy Reaches 10,000-Megawatt Renewable Energy Milestone

Duke Energy

With the 144-megawatt (MW) Pflugerville Solar facility coming online today, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) reached a significant milestone – it now owns, operates, or purchases more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy throughout the United States from both its regulated and nonregulated businesses. As one of the nation’s top renewable energy providers, Duke Energy's renewables portfolio includes nearly 200 sites in 22 states, with over 1,000 megawatts of new projects under construction throughout the country, including Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas. At peak output, the company’s current renewables portfolio capacity generates enough energy to serve the equivalent of approximately 2.4 million homes and businesses. “Renewables are playing a major role as we make strong progress toward our ambitious climate goals of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero by 2050,” said Brian Savoy, Duke Energy’s executive vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer. “This next decade will be our biggest ever, and we’re well on our way to exceeding our decarbonization goals by growing our renewables portfolio to 16 GW by 2025 and 24 GW by 2030.” In addition to carbon reduction and the benefits of creating a diverse energy infrastructure, solar and wind development fosters economic development and job creation in the areas that Duke Energy serves. Currently, Duke Energy employs nearly 700 wind and solar technicians, project developers, support staff, and third-party contract workers, as well as provides more than $29 million in annual lease payments to local landowners. Additionally, at peak construction, renewable energy development generates hundreds of jobs in the communities where our projects are located. “For more than a decade, Duke Energy has been delivering low-cost renewable power to our customers,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “These projects deliver significant economic and environmental benefits, while providing unique sustainability solutions for our customers and communities.” Pflugerville Solar Located in Travis County, Texas, the 144-MW Pflugerville Solar project is the fifth utility scale solar facility that Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions,* a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, has placed in commercial operation in the state. Earlier this year, it also announced the construction of a sixth solar facility, the 250-MW Pisgah Ridge Solar project in Navarro County, Texas, which is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2022. The energy generated from the Pflugerville Solar project will be sold to Austin Energy under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Austin Energy, the city of Austin’s electric utility, serves more than 528,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents in Greater Austin. This PPA supports Austin Energy’s renewable energy goals. “We currently meet about 70% of our customers’ energy needs with carbon-free resources,” said Austin Energy General Manager Jackie Sargent. “Adding the Pflugerville Solar project to our portfolio will bring us closer to meeting our affordability and climate protection goals adopted by the Austin City Council and championed by our customers.” Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions acquired the project from Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ), in December 2020. The 932-acre site, which contains approximately 489,600 Canadian Solar high-efficiency bifacial BiKu modules, will generate enough energy to power approximately 27,000 homes. The engineering and construction for the project were performed by Signal Energy, and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will provide long-term operations and maintenance services to the project. During peak construction, the project employed 350 workers, with at least 50% of those construction jobs filled by local skilled tradesmen from the Travis County area. Along with indirect economic benefits that accompany solar project development, such as increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Pflugerville Solar will also have a positive economic impact on the local community by providing significant tax revenues for Travis County and the Elgin Independent School District. Looking ahead Duke Energy has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050. Renewable energy projects currently under development in the company’s regulated and nonregulated footprint include: * Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions operated/owned projects. Duke Energy Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people. Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company also is investing in major electric grid upgrades and expanded battery storage and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2021 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. Cautionary language concerning forward-looking statements This document includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "continue," "should," "could," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "will," "potential," "forecast," "target," "outlook," "guidance," and similar expressions. Various factors may cause actual results to be materially different than the suggested outcomes within forward-looking statements; accordingly, there is no assurance that such results will be realized. These risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Duke Energy’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at the SEC’s website at In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements might not occur or might occur to a different extent or at a different time than Duke Energy has described. Duke Energy expressly disclaims an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. * Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy Corporation, which includes the following subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corporation that are registered to transact business in various states and may be branded as Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions for marketing purposes: Duke Energy Commercial Enterprises, Inc.; Duke Energy One, Inc.; Duke Energy Renewables, Inc.; Duke Energy Renewables Commercial, LLC; Duke Energy Renewable Services, LLC; Duke Energy Renewables Solar, LLC; Duke Energy Renewables Storage, LLC; Duke Energy Renewables Wind, LLC; and REC Solar Commercial Corporation. Media contact: Jennifer Garber 24-Hour: 800.559.3853 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Duke Energy on

August 02, 2021 01:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Summer Wellness Must-Haves


With summer underway, it’s a great time to take stock of your health and wellness and set yourself up for success for the rest of the year. While it’s always a good idea to get your exercise, eat healthy, and live an active lifestyle, there are also some products and supplements that can help people live the healthiest versions of themselves. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Overall Health and Wellness: Summer is a great time to kick start new healthy habits like taking daily walks, enjoying fresh fruit and veggies while they’re in season and exploring what vitamins and supplements are right for you. The new Nature’s Bounty ® Curated Combinations makes starting easy. This suite of four unique personalized nutrition packs (Daily Essentials, Set the Foundation, Master the Day, and A Good Night) brings personalized nutrition to the masses and takes the guessing game out of vitamin purchases – all without lengthy health quizzes, blood tests or costly subscriptions. For those looking for a gummy vitamin option, the Sundown ® Adult Multivitamin Gummies and Sundown ® Kids Multivitamins are a fun and delicious way to take your vitamins. These gluten free, dairy free and Non-GMO gummies have essential vitamins to provide support for bone, immune and heart health. Coping with Occasional Stress: Life can sometimes feel overwhelming and we’re right there with you. To help with occasional stress*, check out the new Nature’s Bounty ® Stress Comfort Fast-Acting Calm, which features a new chewable watermelon COOLMELTS™ tablet that works quickly to soothe your mind in response to occasional stress.* Made with a non-GMO formula, this 100% drug-free tablet activates the refreshing watermelon chill flavor and delivers a cooling sensation as the tablet quickly dissolves. Cognitive Health: Cognitive health is a concern for people of all ages. With that, we officially launched our first-ever Nature’s Bounty ® Brain Health Platform which consists of three products – Brain HP, Brain Superfood and Brain Focus – which can support cognitive health.* Nature’s Bounty ® Brain HP is a watermelon jelly bean supplement designed with gamers in mind who want to support their brain health, focus, reaction time, visual perception, and attention* – without the caffeine or jitters. Nature’s Bounty ® Brain Superfood is a vegan capsule containing a blend of plant-based antioxidants to support brain health, short-term memory and concentration.* Nature’s Bounty ® Brain Focus is an invigorating flavored COOLMELTS™ tablet to calm the mind and recharge the brain to help consumers focus in as little as one hour.* Looking and Feeling Our Best: Let’s face it – we want to look and feel our best all year-round. One way to pamper yourself is with the new Nature’s Bounty ® Advanced Hair, Skin & Nails Jelly Beans – a first for the beauty supplement space 1. These innovative delicious mixed berry, strawberry and watermelon fruit flavored jelly beans include keratin and twice the amount of biotin as the brand’s original gummy formula to support beautiful hair, glowing skin and healthy nails.* But that’s not all! Women can also turn to the new Solgar ® Menopause Relief. For many women, menopause can effect and even get in the way of daily life – physically and emotionally. By taking just one tablet daily, Solgar ® Menopause Relief relieves a full range of these symptoms and promotes a positive mood.* In fact, over 90% of women showed improvements in menopausal symptoms.*^ For more information, visit *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ^In clinical studies on Siberian rhubarb after 12 weeks of continued use. Individual results may vary. 1 Total US – Multi Outlet + Conv (HSN Category – Food, Drug & Mass Market) – Latest Completed 52 Weeks Ending 5/23/21 About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

August 02, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Global Gaming Star and Influencer SypherPK Launches Signature Apparel Line, Metal Umbrella

Metal Umbrella

Born from Sypher PK’s creative vision to fill a void in the apparel market for gamers, Metal Umbrella’s anime and gaming inspired clothing was constructed for the digital generation. Developed as a lifestyle brand, the line is positioned to empower individuals, inspiring them to tap into their confidence. Dropping August 5 th, 2021, exclusively on, the “Too Young to Worry” Collection features gender bending wardrobe staples in sizes ranging from XS – 3XL including tees, hoodies, joggers, hats, and bandanas, plus a limited edition electric blue “Defy Destiny” hoodie. Capturing a vibe driven by the outspoken generation of today’s emerging leaders in Gen Z, the collection sets out to flip the script on failure. “Failure isn't about how many missteps you make; it's when you let your fear and worry stop you from doing the things you want to do.” Animes like Naruto played a major role in content creator SypherPK's personal development. Sitting in front of the television with his brothers, a young Sypher learned about dedication, passion, and the pivotal importance of following your vision despite other's opinions. Shop the “Too Young to Worry” Collection by Metal Umbrella HERE. "A lot of my passion and drive got sparked in my early years when I was around 13. I was making my first YouTube videos at that time and my motivation was having fun and connecting with people. This drop embodies that passion that I had starting out for creating content that people could connect with." – SypherPK, Creator, Metal Umbrella About SypherPK: SypherPK, aka Ali Hassan, is a professional gamer, streamer, YouTuber and online personality based in Austin, Texas. Recognized for his cross-market and wide-reaching audience appeal, he is one of the most popular faces in the gaming industry. Sypher is most notably known for his educational gameplay on Fortnite, focused on teaching tips and tricks. He is revered for his insightful take on game-winning strategies. The SypherPK YouTube Channel was launched in 2011, and features pro-level Fortnite gameplay videos. Additionally, SypherPK launched Oni Studios this year, as a visionary resource designed to empower creators in the gaming space, transforming their brands into empires. Contact Details Sterling Public Relations Paula Steurer +1 949-200-6566

August 02, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Why Digital Equity Is a Human Right: HP Commits to Bold New Goal for 2030

HP Inc.

By Sarah Murry This week,  HP unveiled  a bold new goal and accelerator initiative to achieve digital equity, on the heels of an announcement last month that focused on  climate action  and  human rights. Included in its annual  Sustainable Impact Report, now in its 20th year, are data points showing progress HP is making across its core pillars of climate action and human rights, and its new pledge to accelerate digital equity for 150 million people by 2030. The new goal builds on the HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025 — which the company reports being more than halfway to achieving. “We are in the most decisive decade of our time,” says HP President and CEO Enrique Lores. HP is looking across a 10-year horizon and has set its sights on becoming the world’s most sustainable and just technology company by 2030. “The actions we take today will determine whether we, as a global society, can avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, end systemic racism and social inequalities, and work together to reduce the digital divide that keeps billions of people from equitably participating in society,” he says. The digital divide predated the pandemic, but was sharply exacerbated by it. HP believes true digital equity requires four key elements: hardware (laptop or printer); connectivity (internet access); quality, relevant content (learning materials); and digital literacy (skills to use the technology). During COVID-19, one-third of the world’s school-age children, or 463 million students,  could not access remote learning, according to UNICEF. For the workforce, there’s a hefty toll: the U.S. alone loses more than  $130 million a day in economic activity  when people aren’t able to access broadband, according to Deloitte. When people don’t have access to 21st-century technology or aren’t equipped with digital literacy, they miss opportunities to access quality education, modern healthcare, and competitive job opportunities. Investing in digital equity, especially for women and girls, communities of color and marginalized groups, teachers and practitioners, and people with disabilities is a sure road to progress. HP’s leaders view digital equity as a human rights issue, as it underpins access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity in parts of the world where disparities are greatest.  Enabling access to the technology and educational programming to ensure their futures are more secure and their voices are heard is part of a long-overdue reckoning with the deep inequities and inequalities that prevent far too many people from reaching their full potential.  In the  2020 Sustainable Impact Report, HP reported some 50 million students and adult learners have benefited from HP’s education programs and solutions that advance quality learning and digital literacy, and enable better learning outcomes, since the beginning of 2015 (including nearly 21 million in 2020).  To create meaningful impact in underserved communities and reach its digital equity goal by 2030, HP is establishing a new accelerator initiative, PATH, the Partnership for Technology and Humanity. Central to PATH’s success will HP’s ability to engage, listen, and learn from its communities to better understand the root-cause issues and what resources and support are needed to create change together. These insights will influence HP’s product innovation, partnerships, and acceleration of holistic solutions that will drive collective impact. The company will also leverage initiatives like  HP LIFE, a free IT and business skills training program offered by the HP Foundation; and collaborations with organizations like  Girl Rising,  MIT Solve, and  NABU.   “As digital technology transforms seemingly every aspect of our lives, there’s a real danger of more and more people getting left behind,” says Lores. “We cannot allow that to happen.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from HP Inc. on

August 02, 2021 12:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Vingroup collaborates with Arcturus Therapeutics to establish a manufacturing facility in Vietnam for Arcturus’ mRNA Covid-19 vaccine


HANOI, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – 2 August 2021 - Supported by the Vietnamese Government and Health Ministry, Vingroup (HOSE: VIC) and Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCT) announced a contract regarding a collaboration to establish a manufacturing facility in Vietnam for the manufacture of Arcturus’ mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate for sales and use in Vietnam. With a planned capacity of up to 200 million doses per year, Vingroup is expected to produce its first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine in early 2022. Arcturus Therapeutics is a leading clinical stage company focused on messenger RNA (mRNA) medicines - one of the most advanced medicinal technologies in the world. Under the terms of the arrangement, VinBioCare - a member of Vingroup - will, with consultation from Arcturus, build out a manufacturing facility in Vietnam; and Arcturus will provide to VinBioCare access to proprietary technologies and processes for the final drug product manufacturing of Arcturus’ investigational COVID-19 vaccine. Arcturus will provide VinBioCare with an exclusive license to manufacture the vaccine at the Vietnam facility solely for sales and use in Vietnam. VinBioCare’s vaccine factory is located inside VinSmart’s electronic equipment complex in Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park (Thach That District, Hanoi), with a total estimated investment of 200 million USD and capacity of 200 million doses per year. Currently, VinBioCare has already signed equipment procurement contracts for this factory. As planned, all equipment will be transported to Vietnam via special flights to ensure timely arrivals in September 2021. So far, construction has also completed while the installation of equipment is expected to be finalized in November 2021. To ensure the highest production standards, VinBioCare has cooperated with Rieckermann (Germany) - one of the leading machinery & industrial solution providers in the pharmaceuticals industry - to promptly carry out the construction of the 8,807m2 factory following GMP requirements. “In response to the Vietnamese Government’s guideline on COVID-19 vaccine supply for Vietnam in the time of limited source of supply and outbreaks, Vingroup has proactively looked for prestigious international partners for cooperation and conducted procurement and construction of the vaccine factory as quickly as possible.” - said Vingroup’s Vice Chairwoman Le Thi Thu Thuy. “Vingroup really expects to make a modest contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Vietnam and the world, so that all people can live a normal life again.” Arcturus investigational COVID-19 vaccines utilizes Arcturus’ lipid-mediated delivery system called LUNAR® delivery system, and Arcturus’ self-amplifying mRNA technology, known as STARR™. This self-amplifying technology is designed to promote a prolonged immune response using a lower dose compared to conventional mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccine technology enables rapid modification of the antigen that could help to accelerate the development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 variants. Notably, the vaccine candidate, called VBC-COV19-154 domestically, can be made in a lyophilized powder form which is favorable for packaging, storage, transport, distribution and supply. As planned, VinBioCare will coordinate with the Vietnamese Health Ministry’s Administration of Science Technology & Training to carry out Phase 1/2/3 clinical trials of VBC-COV19-154 vaccine on 20,000 people in August 2021. In December 2021, VinBioCare plan to complete and submit procedures to the Health Ministry to ask for approval for VBC-COV19-154 vaccine for emergency use in Vietnam. Once produced domestically, VBC-COV19-154 is expected to be cheaper than products of similar segment in the market. Notably, VinBioCare will provide COVID-19 vaccine at break-even price excluding investment costs in Vietnam during the time of pandemic. About Arcturus Founded in 2013 and based in San Diego, California, Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCT) is a clinical-stage mRNA medicines and vaccines company with enabling technologies: (i) LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery, (ii) STARR™ mRNA Technology and (iii) mRNA drug substance along with drug product manufacturing expertise. Arcturus’ diverse pipeline of RNA therapeutic and vaccine candidates includes mRNA vaccine programs for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and Influenza, and other programs to potentially treat Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency, and Cystic Fibrosis along with partnered programs including Glycogen Storage Disease Type 3, Hepatitis B Virus, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Arcturus’ versatile RNA therapeutics platforms can be applied toward multiple types of nucleic acid medicines including messenger RNA, small interfering RNA, replicon RNA, antisense RNA, microRNA, DNA, and gene editing therapeutics. Arcturus’ technologies are covered by its extensive patent portfolio (222 patents and patent applications, issued in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and other countries). Arcturus’ commitment to the development of novel RNA therapeutics has led to collaborations with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, CureVac AG, Synthetic Genomics Inc., Duke-NUS Medical School, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information visit In addition, please connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn. About Vingroup and VinBioCare As the largest private conglomerate in Vietnam and one of the largest in Asia, Vingroup is currently doing business in three core sectors namely technology, industry and services. In all sectors it has participated in, Vingroup is always a pioneer that leads market trends and creates world-class products and services of Vietnam. Find out more at: Biotechnology JSC (a member company of Vingroup) is a Vietnamese business working on vaccine and biological products. VinBioCare’s major resources are transferred from Viet A Corporation – a specialist in biotechnology with substantial market shares in Vietnam. The corporation was also Vietnam’s first producer of real-time PCR test kit for SARS-CoV-2 and is currently the supplier to about 90% of health care centers throughout the country. Contact Details Vingroup +84 24 3974 9999 Company Website

August 02, 2021 11:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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